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Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Daily Plant : Friday, October 6, 2000

FOUNTAIN OF THE FAIRS RESTORED TO LIFE AFTER DECADES OF INACTIVITY


Malcolm (Cinema) Pinckney

On Thursday, October 5, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern, Queens Borough President Claire (Queen Bee) Shulman, Assistant Commissioner for Queens Parks Edward (Labrador) Lewis, Chief of Operations Richard (Ricardo) Murphy, and Assistant Commissioner for Queens Parks Estelle (Unisphere) Cooper flipped the switch that turned on the spectacular Fountain of the Fairs in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The fountain was originally enjoyed by millions at the 1964-65 World's Fair. The reconstruction of the fountain is the culmination of a $3.4 million multifaceted project to upgrade over 32 acres of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Water will again be flowing in this historic fountain, capping off a restoration project that truly makes Flushing Meadows Corona Park one of the crown jewels in New York's Emerald Empire.

The project included the restoration of the Passerelle Plaza, which is now adorned with beautiful mosaic images of both the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. The Passerelle Plaza's restrooms have also been modernized and made handicap accessible. The lawn area located between the Fountain of the Fairs and the Passerelle Plaza, also part of this project, has been beautifully landscaped.

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Friday, October 9, 1987)

PARKS PLANTERS DONATED TO WOMEN'S SHELTER

Residents at the Lexington Avenue Armory Shelter for Homeless Women were treated with six large flower boxes filled with bright yellow Chrysanthemums and green ivy plants this week when several Parkies teamed up with the shelter's Director Oscar Mockridge to beautify the Armory's landscaping.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

Robin Williams (b. 1952)

Directions to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 6 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsPlayground

NYC Parks has removed slides in this park due to a manufacturer recall. The manufacture is currently working on an improved design and redesigned slides will be installed as soon as possible.


Recreation CentersAl Oerter Recreation Center

On Saturday, November 18, from approximately 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., access to Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the Al Oerter Recreation Center parking lot will be limited, due to the Queens Half Marathon. Roads will likely be closed during this time, so we advise taking public transportation if traveling in this area.
Anticipated Completion: 11/18/2017

Recreation CentersAl Oerter Recreation Center

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, this Recreation Center's hours will be reduced. On Wednesday, November 22, the facility opens at its normal time and closes at 5:00 p.m. The class schedule may change as a result, so please call the center. On Thursday, November 23, this facility is closed.
Anticipated Completion: 11/23/2017

Recreation CentersFlushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, this Recreation Center's hours will be reduced. On Wednesday, November 22, the facility opens at its normal time and closes at 5:00 p.m. The class schedule may change as a result, so please call the center. On Thursday, November 23, this facility is closed.
Anticipated Completion: 11/23/2017

MarinasWorld's Fair Marina

Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2017

ParkFlushing Meadows Corona Park

Due to major ongoing construction, the northeast section of Meadow Lake is closed. This project will reduce flooding in this area. There will be access to the boathouse and Meadow Lake from the Van Wyck Expressway South Exit 11 and from Jewel Avenue. For more information about this project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker.

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